Peace talks called off

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MANILA: The Philip­pines yes­ter­day can­celled talks with Maoist-led rebels due at the week­end in the Nether­lands af­ter guer­ril­las at­tacked a con­voy of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s se­cu­rity men, killing a paramil­i­tary guard and wound­ing six.

Duterte was not in the area on the south­ern is­land of Min­danao when the clash be­tween the pres­i­den­tial guards and New Peo­ple’s Army rebels erupted early yes­ter­day. But the in­ci­dent caused peace ad­viser Je­sus Dureza to call off in­for­mal “back chan­nel” talks with ex­iled Com­mu­nist Party Philip­pines lead­ers to restart the stalled peace process. Reuters

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